Big Beat Records Signs Influential Disco Producer Cerrone, Listen to His First Single 'Funk Makossa'

“One of the coolest things in my life was when I first heard Cerrone’s music.” - Nile Rodgers
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“One of the coolest things in my life was when I first heard Cerrone’s music.” - Nile Rodgers

Legendary disco producer (and drummer) Cerrone has announced the release of his Afro EP that will feature nostalgic flavors of funk mixed with tribal oriented motifs and rhythms.

'Funk Makossa', the first track from the new release, is a play on words from ''Soul Makossa', the song best known from Cameroonian saxophonist/vibraphone player Manu Dibango released in 1972 (Dibango is also featured on Cerrone’s new single). 

"It's basically a blend with an older track I recorded live a couple of years ago with Little Louie Vega in one night that was called Love & Dance Ritual. We used some elements of this track combined with of Soul Makossa plus some additional production, and this how it became Funk Makossa”

Personally signed to Atlantic Records by the legendary Ahmet Ertegun, Cerrone spent the 70’s hanging around Studio 54 with the likes of Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Goude, Gaultier and Grace Jones.

Cerrone's music has been sampled over 170 times from the likes of the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Nas, Run-DMC, Guru, Mark Morrison and countless others over the years. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide throughout his career, and won a GRAMMY Award for his first hit, the classic jam of 'Love in C Minor'. 

Cerrone's Afro EP will be released February 12th via Because Music/Big Beat Records.

Cerrone Afro EP

1. 2 Chance (feat. Tony Allen)
2. Funk Makossa (feat. Manu Dibango)
3. Bodytalk
4. Funk Makossa (feat. Manu Dibango) [Todd Edwards Remix]
5. 2 Chance (feat. Tony Allen) [Mind Enterprises Remix]
6. 2 Chance (feat. Tony Allen) [Extended Club Mix]